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Breath By Breath

By: Larry Rosenberg,David Guy,Jon Kabat-Zinn - foreward
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
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Publisher's Summary

Freedom from suffering is not only possible, but the means for achieving it are immediately within our grasp - literally as close to us as our own breath. This is the 2,500-year-old good news contained in the Anapanasati Sutra, the Buddha's teaching on cultivating both tranquility and deep insight through full awareness of breathing. In this book, Larry Rosenberg brings this timeless meditation method to life. Using the insights gained from his many years of practice and teaching, he makes insight meditation practice accessible to modern practitioners.

©1998 Larry Rosenberg (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Instructive yet Disheartening

If you're looking for a step-by-step approach based on the Buddha Dharma, you've got it. Rosenberg goes straight to the Anapanasati Sutta (the go-to sutta on breath meditation), breaks it down in depth, covers various levels of interpretation, and provides a couple of practical approaches to implementing it. That's great.

What isn't so great is that Rosenberg's anecdotes about his own training and experience as a teacher make vipassana meditation sound pretty much pointless unless you're willing to devote a major chunk of you life to it. Sure, he pays a bit of lip service to the idea of meditating a mere 20 or 30 minutes a day, but he heavily advocates a steady practice of an hour or two a day and attending regular one- to three-weeklong silent retreats.

As dedicated meditator who also has a full-time job, a family, and other interests, such a practice is completely out of the question for me. While the author may not have intended his attitude to be a turn-off (and may actually sympathize with us normal people), he certainly fails to convey this. So, as instructive as it may be, I can't actually recommend this book.

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Best meditation book I’ve read

Simply the best book I’ve come across on breath meditation. It really gets into the nitty-gritty questions that Westerners have with “just” sitting there. He sprinkles in anecdotes from his experiences that keep the narrative moving; these are generally enlightening and often funny, as when he’s bitten by a mosquito during a meditation session where the participants aren’t allowed to move lest a monk beat them with the “stick of compassion.” And then there’s a chapter about how to incorporate everything you’ve just learned into a typically hectic life. Grade: A

The narration perfectly captures the book's vibe. In fact, I’m now seeking out Ballerini's titles simply to hear his narration of more philosophical titles.

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Beautifully Executed

The narrator of this book did a great service to the author's interesting and well written material. I listened to it several times and thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the importance of taking each moment of life a breath at a time. Bravo!

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Outstanding performance by Eduardo Ballerini

Very well done subject plus an awesome reading equals a loved it experience to be repeated

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Great tool to practice mindfulness

Pleasant narration coupled with tools and first hand experiences of journey towards mindfulness through the breath. Living in the now

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Wonderful, Simple & Powerful

This entire audiobook is wonderfully simple to understand, with thoughts and principles that can be put into practice even for those new to mindfulness practices. I didn't feel that this was a meditation book as I have read in the past, but a way of mindfully taking one day, hour, minute, and second at a time. The stories that are included helped to sound the information deep into my mind and heart. Edoardo Ballerini makes any audiobook he narrates extra special.

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Wonderful book!

So filled with love, lightness and real wisdom in the field of insight meditation and Life. Thank you immensely for this great work.
Excellent narration too!

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calming

an audiobook that I would have to relisten to understand better but I definitely wouldn't mind doing so. the narration was excellent.

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A GOOD book

If you have the slightest interest in meditation and or want some relief from the angst of the current culture, might want to give this a try.

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Find your yoga or meditation practice stick?

I am an average guy. Four kids, blue collar job and also happen to be a yoga teacher.

This book and Mr Rosenbergs perspectives really helped me tremendously in deepening my practice. I am grateful for this.

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  • 02-28-16

Absolutely stunning and life changing!

Really wonderful book full of invaluable insights and served in a brilliant voice and interesting way.

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  • Irene Rixson
  • 02-04-15

Lifesaving

Loved it. Always wanted something that explained meditation in detail. Would have liked clearer explanations sometimes making it less mystical (but that could have been my ego!)

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  • samila
  • 08-09-20

Most helpful meditation book for everyday life

This is the best book that gives an overall picture of meditation in real life. It was immensely helpful to my meditation journey. Big thank you to the author and also to the narrator who presented the book in an excellent manner. Thank you

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  • dam
  • 03-23-22

Great information

this is a great book the information is so useful and everyone should have it

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  • Niclaser
  • 02-18-22

great book with many insights

i enjoyed listening to this book. well told, engaging and easy to follow. would recommend

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  • julian colclough
  • 02-09-22

Perfect intro to the Anapansati Sutta

It's great. Very accessible book about meditating on the breath . The guy reading it does a very good job also

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  • 01-06-22

Powerful book and soothingg narration

hard to find a bad thing to say about this book. If at all interested in the subject matter please don't pass this one up. 🙏

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  • J Hugill
  • 10-24-21

Fantastic book

I’ve already listened to this book several times and I’m sure I’ll read it several more! Such a great read that had me constantly reflecting on my own practice which has become rather complex over the years. This book reminded me where and why I became Buddhist. Highly recommend 🙂

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  • splashman
  • 10-19-21

One of my favorite books ever

one of my favorite audiobooks.well written. great content and very well read.i would highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-27-22

life changing

great narrator, and amazing insight in a new way of living. its eye opening.

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  • MickFromOz
  • 11-12-21

Awesome fantastic very good

Awesome, fantastic, very good, Highly recommended ! This is at minimum my 6th time listening to it. ❤️👍 Namaste

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  • 10-13-22

very peaceful to listen to.

it is nice to be reminded of what is important in life.
to have a simpler life, be mindful and the importance of silence.
was very easy to listen to and peaceful.
thank you.

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  • Mrs. Rhonda J. Wittmann
  • 05-22-22

best I've read

best I've come across in terms of understanding the purpose, power and practicality of simple breath meditation. and for how it applies to everyday life.. not just for the cushion

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  • 05-18-22

thank you

thank you so much. was the final puzzle piece, to achieving iner peace ✌

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  • Michael Bedward
  • 04-22-22

Bring the teachings into your life

I am so pleased that I chanced across this book. I didn't know about Larry Rosenberg previously, but immediately fell in love with his teaching style. It combines a deep and lived experience of Buddhist wisdom with a terrific Brooklyn Jewish sense of humour. It is a very practical and encouraging book, and is beautifully narrated by Edoardo Ballerini. Definitely one to listen to again and again.